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What is a super visa?

A super visa allows you to visit your children or grandchildren for up to 2 years at a time. It’s a multi-entry visa that gives multiple entries for a period upto 10 years

If you wish to stay for 6 months or less, apply for a visitor visa.

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Processing time

Varies by country

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You may need to give biometrics with your visa application. This processing time doesn’t include the time you need to give biometrics.

Eligibility

To be permitted for a super visa, you must:

  • be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • have a signed letter from your child or grandchild who invites you to Canada that includes:
    • a promise of economic support for the length of your visit
    • the list and number of person in the household of this person
    • a copy of this person’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document

Have medical insurance from a Canadian insurance firm that is:

  • valid for a minimum of 1 year from the date of entry
  • at least $100,000 coverage
  • have proof that the medical insurance has been paid (quotes aren’t accepted)

You must also:

  • Submit an application for a super visa from outside Canada
  • be allowed to enter Canada
  • take an immigration medical exam
  • meet certain other conditions

 

You can’t include dependents in this application. Financial support (proof of funds) The child or grandchildren who invite you have to prove that their household meets the minimum necessary income. The following permit are examples of what can be used as proof of funds:

  • Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
  • Employment Insurance stubs
  • employment letter including salary and date of hiring
  • pay stubs
  • bank statements

Other conditions we consider We consider several things before we decide if you’ll come to Canada. you want to be a real visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the top of your visit. We’ll look at these things when you submit an application:

  • your ties to your home country
  • the reason of your visit
  • your family and finances
  • the overall financial and supporting stability of your home country

Document navigation How to apply Video: Save time: Send a complete application Share this video Play Mute Current position:00:00:00 Total time:00:08:12 Show closed captioning This tutorial video shows you how to complete your submission form correctly and avoid errors that can cause delays. Alternative formats and transcript Get your important papers ready Before you apply for a super visa, you need:

  • letter of invitation from your child or grandchild who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada that includes:
    • a promise of economic hold for the duration of your visit
    • the list and number of people in the household of this person
    • a copy of this person’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document
  • proof that your child or grandchild’s household meets the minimum essential income; examples include:
    • Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
    • service Insurance stubs
    • employment letter including salary and date of hiring
    • pay stubs
    • bank statements
  • proof of payment for medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is:
    • applicable for at least 1 year from the date of entry
    • at least $100,000 coverage
  • a document confirm that you had an immigration medical exam

You need to give your biometrics In most cases, if you’re from a visa-required country. You need to provide your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply. Find out where biometrics fits in the application process. Are you visa-exempt? You can still apply for a super visa. If visitor don’t need a visitor visa to enter Canada, you can still get a super visa to live in Canada for upto 2 years. If we accept your application, then we’ll give you a letter to give to a border services officer when you reach in Canada. If you travel by air, you may need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) separately to allow enters Canada. The eTA will be electronically linked to your passport, so you have to travel with the passport, you used to apply for your eTA, and your letter to ease your travel to Canada. Apply for a super visa You must apply for a super visa from outside Canada. You can apply online or on paper. If you need assistance, you can receive help with your application at your nearest visa application centre (VAC). Why you should apply online

  • No courier fees or mail delivery time –we get your application instantly.
  • Online applications may be process more quickly.
  • Stay away from processing delays. Incomplete applications are return to you. Applying online helps you to ensure that your application is complete before you submit it.
  • If we need to ask for more papers, you can quickly submit them online.
  • No need to submit your passport until we ask for it.
  • Update on the status of application directly in your online account.

After you apply

Processing time

Varies by country Check processing times Most applications for a super visa are processed within a few weeks or less. Processing times may change, depending on the visa office. Find out what happens after you apply for a super visa.

Your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)

Normally, you need to give biometrics. If your local visa application center is not open due to COVID-19, there are provisional measures in place for biometrics. Find out what to do for your biometrics

We process your super visa application

We’ll check your application to make sure you have all the important documents you need. If it’s incomplete, we’ll return your application without processing it. We may also ask you to:

  • go to an interview with our officials in your country
  • send more informative details
  • get a medical exam
  • get a police certificate

We’ll tell you what to do if you need to do any of these. We process many applications in a few weeks or less. Processing times completely depends on the visa office and if you need to do any extra steps (listed above). We’ll return your passport and other original documents after we process your application. We won’t return original bank statements or any documents we find out to be false If your application is accepted, the visa will be stamped inside your passport. If you’re from a visa-exempt country, we will issue you a letter to give to a border services officer when you arrive in Canada. If your application is refused, we’ll send you an justification.

You arrive in Canada

Arrive CAN

You must use Arrive CAN before checking in at the airport or crossing the border to submit your

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment

Please bring your Arrive CAN receipt (electronic or paper) with you to show the border services officer upon arrival.

Identity check

A valid super visa and travel document doesn’t guarantee that you can enter Canada. When you arrive, verify your identity to make sure that you’re the same individual who was approved to travel to Canada.

  • If you enter Canada at one of 10 major Canadian airports
    • Your fingerprints will be checked automatically at a primary inspection kiosk.
    • The system will verify your individuality against the information collected when your application was submitted.
  • If you enter Canada at smaller airports and all land ports of entry
    • Your fingerprints may be checked if we refer you to a secondary inspection, where a border services officer will use a fingerprint confirmation device to check your fingerprints.

Have your documents ready

When you arrive, you’ll be welcome by an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency(CBSA).

The officer will ask to check your passport and travel documents. You’ll also have other travel document, such as a copy of your medical insurance. Make sure these documents aren’t packed in your luggage. This will speed up your entrance into Canada.

A applicable super visa and travel document (passport, titre de voyage or Certificate of Identity) does not assurance that you can enter Canada.

Minor children

Children under 18 must travel with the correct documents and meet the same entry needs as adults. The border services officer may enquire minor children to show other documents depending on whether the child is travelling alone or with somebody. Find out about the specific requirements for minor children.

You enter Canada

If you clear the identity check and meet the entry requirements, the border services officer may stamp your passport or inform you how long you can stay in Canada. A super visa may allow you to stay in Canada for up to 2 years.

In few cases, the officer may limit or extend your time in Canada to cover the planned purpose of your visit. Ask questions if you are not sure about something.

You won’t be allowed into Canada if you give fake or incomplete information. You must prove the officer that:

  • you’re permitted for entry into Canada
  • you’ll depart Canada at the end of your approved stay

Living in Canada

Canada may be very different from your home country, which means there lot to learn about it before you arrive. Get to know Canada, including climate, people, government and the way of life.

Work or study in Canada

Most visitors to Canada need a authorize to work or study in Canada.

If you visit Canada, still have legal status in Canada, and you want to work or study, there are a few options.

For a work permit, you can apply:

  • from your home country or another country where you’re law fully admitted ,or
  • in person or by mail at the nearest visa application center (VAC)

Apply for a work permit.

For a study permit, you can apply:

  • from your home country or another country where you’re law fully admitted ,or
  • in person or by mail at the nearest visa application center (VAC)

Apply for a study permit.

In some cases, you’re allowed to work or study without a permit. For more information ,see:

  • Study in Canada – Exceptions
  • Work in Canada – Jobs that don’t need a work permit

How long can I stay in Canada as a visitor?

When you arrive at the air, land or sea port of entry, we’ll measure your health.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you won’t be approved to enter Canada.
You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you reach in Canada. This plan is compulsory, even if you have no symptoms.
  • If you don’t have a plan, you may not be authorized to enter the country.
Most travels can stay for up to 6 months in Canada. If you’re permitted to enter Canada, the border services officer may permit you to stay for less or more than 6 months.
  • If so, they’ll put the date you need to leave by in your passport. They might also give you a document.
  • If you don’t get a stamp in your passport, you will stay for six months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expire, whichever comes first.
  • If you need a stamp, you can tell a border services officer for one. If you reach  at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, ask the border services officer after you finish at the kiosk.
If you want to live longer than your official stay, you should apply for an extension at least 30 days before the authorized end of your stay.

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